About Dr. Walters
Dr. Delores M. Walters is an educator and consultant whose advocacy for diversity, inclusion, equity and cultural competency in academic, local and global communities spans an extraordinary career that draws on her training and current experience as a cultural anthropologist and previous experience as a registered nurse. Walters has designed and implemented community-based projects that promote cultural competence in health care, alleviation of health disparities and cultural/historical heritage.
Her co-edited book, Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery and the Legacy of Margaret Garner (University of Illinois Press, 2013) details the strategies utilized by women of color in resisting subjugation in the past and present. These women’s resourcefulness, ingenuity and heart-rending determination provide insights on self-authorship to motivate and inspire individuals in societies today.
“The stories in Gendered Resistance serve to promote cultural/historical knowledge and awareness, especially about women of African descent, but they also serve to empower those aspiring to become or already engaged in a professional career — health care for example — thereby enhancing our communities locally, nationally and worldwide.”
Translated into several artistic forms, including a novel, a movie, an opera, and a dance — Margaret Garner’s story continues to resonate with contemporary lives. Her ability to overcome extreme degradation that threatened her children’s lives, allows us to better understand our own existence and perhaps even transform adversity into opportunity.
Dr. Walters has created workshops and presentations based on what we can learn from the Margaret Garner story about empowerment
Titles for Workshops and Presentations (Tailored to the needs of your class or community) :
- Margaret Garner and the Legacy of Resistance and Empowerment
- Journeys of Survival, Real and Imagined: What the Legacy of Margaret Garner Teaches Us Today
- Cultural Competency for Today’s Nurses & Other Health Care Providers
- Historic Remedies: Empowering Health Professions Students and Underserved Communities through Lessons from the Past
- Empowering Students, Patients & Ourselves: The Legacy of Margaret Garner